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3 Tips (and 3 Resources) for Sticking with Exercise 

The pandemic has left many of us struggling to find time for fitness, but staying active can help improve your mood and your sleep as well as lower your risk for many health issues. 

Melissa Cummings, BCBSRI Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, recently appeared on the Studio 10 television show to offer tips for finding quick, fun activities that can be a regular part of your busy day. Here's a look at her three tips as well as BCBSRI resources for saving money on fitness.

1. Break up your exercise.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recommends that adults get at least 2 and a half hours of moderate exercise a week, such as brisk walking, as well as strengthening activities twice a week, like lifting weights or doing push-ups. You might find that much easier to do a few minutes at a time. Take a break from working to take a short walk. Do squats while you’re watching television. Wind down before bed with yoga. 

Many wearable fitness trackers can alert you if you haven’t moved enough in an hour, which can be really helpful. 

Make it easier:
If you don’t have a fitness tracker, you can get discounts as a BCBSRI member—as well as discounts on athletic shoes, fitness streaming services, fitness equipment, and more through our Blue365 program. You'll find deals from 45+ national retailers. Sign up at blue365deals.com/bcbsri.1 

2. Focus on how exercise can improve your well-being. 
Too often we think of exercise as a chore. The key is finding activities that you enjoy. So if you don’t like running or using an elliptical machine, don’t. Maybe dance-based fitness is right for you. Or playing basketball.

When you can, getting outside to walk or do another activity can be important for your mental health. 

Make it easier:
A great way to try new exercises is through online Your Blue Store Studio exercise and mindfulness classes, which are offered live every weekday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. through our Facebook group. Can't make the live classes? View the videos anytime. Classes are different every day, and all fitness levels are welcome.2

3. Use the buddy system. 
If you have kids, they may not have the same kind of recess or sports practice that they did pre-pandemic. So being active together is good for everyone—do some hula hooping, have a dance party, do a superhero workout video.

If you don’t have a family member in your household to be active with, you can still get support from friends—either through an app that lets you do team challenges or just by deciding to do certain exercises each day and holding each other to it. 

Make it easier:
Create healthy challenges with BCBSRI’s wellness app, powered by Virgin Pulse.3 You can also track your activity level, weight, sleep habits, and moods as well as participate in yoga and mindfulness programs. If your plan includes the BCBSRI wellness program, sign up at join.VirginPulse.com or download the Virgin Pulse app from the App Store or Google Play.4 Choose Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island as your sponsor, then connect your Fitbit® or other wearable fitness tracker.

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2Not all exercises are suitable for everyone and any exercise program could result in injury. Always consult with your physician before beginning an exercise program, especially if you have an existing health condition.

3Virgin Pulse® is an independent wellness company, contracted by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) to provide wellness services.

4Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc.